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Little Green Bee-Eater has done the hard work of catching the Dragonfly; another bird...a different species of Bee-Eater or a juvenile of the same species...tries for a snatch-grab snack.


Little Green Bee-Eater has done the hard work of catching the Dragonfly; another bird...a different species of Bee-Eater or a juvenile of the same species...tries for a snatch-grab snack.

comments (18)

  • Astrid
  • not in the Netherlands
  • 10 Jun 2009, 00:20
Ray, everytime I open your blog you surprise me....
WOW...another likey to me and you leave me speachless behind the laptop....that is rare..believe me smile
Ray: I am flattered by your kindness, Astrid...and loving it!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10 Jun 2009, 00:33
I can confirm for you that Astrid is sitting here speechless behind her laptop. grin
Ray: [Laughing out loud]
Thank you, Ginnie.
Excellent action shot, did he nick it?
Ray: Nope...there was quite an energetic though short scuffle, and then the one with the dragonfly ate the dragonfly.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Jun 2009, 07:32
Ray: I am flattered, Maestro.
  • graham pickett
  • 10 Jun 2009, 08:32
Now we know where all the Bees are going to,did you have to wait long to get thiis shot Ray? nice one!!!!
Ray: Funny thing, Graham, there are a lot of bee-Eaters and Bees in Thailand.
nice one
getting the interaction is so much better than a static shot
Ray: Thanks, Rob.
Technically...a few things to improve on her...but the interaction diverts attention to the subject.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 10 Jun 2009, 09:13
Nice timimg
Ray: Thanks, Vintage.
Yes...I felt I got the timing right for a change.
Absolutly fantastic Ray. I am amazed!
Ray: Wonderful little birds, Richard, and very entertaining to observe...I go looking for them every time I am up-country these days.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 10 Jun 2009, 10:21
Ray: Very kind of you, thanks, Zed.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2009, 12:16
you bet. he's willing to share, but wants something in exchange from her. smile
Ray: You Cad!

I believe that youngster is his daughter!

  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 10 Jun 2009, 12:25
It's amazing what photos you manage to get. Fabulous moment never to come back.
Ray: I nearly always take a camera when I am out of the apartment these days, Mary. I get annoyed with myself when I see some drama like this but have no camera to record it.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 10 Jun 2009, 14:03
Fantastic Ray..I think one of my favorites of yours. The action here tells such a story and frames it in motion for me as if I am watching. Did bird number two steal it?
Ray: Thank you for your very kind remark, Kathryn.

The bird with the dragonfly ended up eating the dragonfly, but there was a short energetic battle prior.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2009, 14:51
Yeah, yeah, another amazing bird shot. We get it, Ray. You're awesome, AND your lens is bigger than mine. wink

Nice one!
Ray: Gee, Thanks, Alex!

This is one of your finest Ray.
Ray: Thanks, Bill.

I was happy to get it.
Really well caught Ray, what else can I say.
Ray: Thanks, Brian. You are very kind, and encouraging.
  • Eliza
  • Zimbabwe
  • 10 Jun 2009, 18:38
i have been trying to comment all day, but my ethernet connection has been dire so until now i was not able to. suffice to say...this is a great picture smile
Ray: I appreciate your kind comment, Eliza.
  • Philine Kleinknecht
  • Germany
  • 10 Jun 2009, 20:17
I totally agree with Kathryn and others: you have captured the decisive moment! The movements let feel us how excited the birds are- it may be a nothing or all-situation! A wonderful pic!
Ray: Thank you, Philine.

After consideration, I believe this is a juvenile trying to coax a free meal from its parent, but the parent is determined to teach a primary lesson about self-sufficiency. In nature, there is wonderful stuff happening around us all the time!
Too much for me, I sell my camera tomorrow and begin painting on silk, At least am I sure you're not going to taunt again with your huge talent....
Ray: You are too kind, Zebigleb.

[If you are selling the 5D2, be sure to let me know, as that is the body I stare at most in camera shops these days, and I can see that yours works perfectly.]

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